This is a 4 hour praxis that includes mountain biking, trekking, and orienteering in a rogaine format. You have the freedom to choose your route and checkpoints (CP). Each CP has a point value based on its distance and difficulty. Your objective is to accumulate as many points as possible within the time allowed. This format rewards strategy and route selection over speed and endurance so be sure to spend a little time on developing your strategy once you have all the points plotted. Some points may be pre-plotted while others will require a UTM grid (provided).
This event differs slightly from the last praxis. You will not be taking pictures of the CP locations, rather, all CPs will be geo-verified using an app that captures your current UTM location. The links to the Apple and Android versions are below. Be sure to download and install them before the event. I will explain how these apps will be used during the briefing.
This is my first attempt at designing an event entirely on the computer (no feet-on-the-ground CP verifications) and using smartphone apps to geo-verify CP attainment (no physical CP markers). As far as I know this has not been attempted before so you might call it a proof-of-concept praxis. Hopefully it all goes as planned and we'll have found a much simpler way to pull these things together.
Don't worry if you don't have a smartphone. You can still come out and work on your navigation skills, just don't expect to find a control flag at the CP locations.
Soloist are welcome but you are encouraged to participate as a team. I will have a short foot course for those that don't have a bike or wish to bring their children. Only members that have paid their annual dues are allowed to participate.
Schedule of events:
6:15 AM - Begin handing out maps
6:45 AM - Briefing
7:00 AM - Start
11:00 PM - Finish
Fully charged cell phone
First aid kit
Mountain or cyclocross bike - no road bikes
Thorn resistant/slime tubes for your bike (goatheads are everywhere and you will flat w/o slimed tubes)
Food & water for the duration of the event
Hydration pack or backpack
Waterproof map case or extra large ziplock